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trail locations for Ellicott City, Maryland

Date: 11/25/2016 Nice hike.

I believe some people are confused. The (Hilltop) Area is not the same as the (Hilton) Area. The best access point for the Hilton Area is 1101 Hilton Ave, Catonsville, Md. Now, if you plan to hike the Hilltop Loop then park at S. Hilltop Rd. location or at the Ilchester Rd. lot by the foot bridge. You can even park at the Swinging Bridge in the Orange Grove area but you will have to paid to enter the park. To keep the trails maintained, Your SUPPORT is needed.

My daughter and I hike the Patapsco State Park at least once a week The Hilltop trail loop is fairly easy for me. I am a handicap, overweight and in my mid-60’s. We always park at the Swinging Bridge. I found this trail much easier if you start at the tunnel and go up the Sawmill side first. It’s more a gradual uphill then starting at the Hilltop area. This way the whole second half of the trail is all down hill and the last mile is a flat surface.

wife and I did this trail on a warmer fall day. there was one somewhat tricky spot due to the incline but overall we really enjoyed the trail.

Our first hike for my husband my self and our 12 year old son. We enjoyed it very much and it looks like the beginning of a new adventure for us. We don't really have anything to compare it to. But it wasn't too difficult.

Great park. Multiple inclines but easy walk.

Easy for beginners like me. The lake is beautiful and there are lots of activities you can do there. Can be busy on weekends.

Nice easy hike

road biking
3 months ago

Pretty sweet short ride on my bike.

walked path to ellicott city it is a nice, paved path shaded by many trees

3 months ago

First hike after 4 months off from foot surgery. Date: 8/14/2016

3 months ago

love centennial park, have to get my walk on everyday.

nice shaded trail on a hot day